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Root, Herath make big jump in ICC Test rankings


New Delhi: England batsman Joe Root’s impressive performance in the five test series against India has helped him move 17 places and break into the top 10 ranked batsmen in Test cricket.

The 23 year old right handed batsman scored 518 runs, including two centuries and three half centuries, moving from rank 26 to rank nine.

Fellow Englishmen Alistair Cook and Gary Ballance too have risen in the latest ICC rankings, with Cook now at rank 21 and Balance rising to rank 24.

Sri Lanka’s Angelo Matthews has broken into the top three ranks for the first time in his career, thanks to an impressive outing against Pakistan. He is right behind compatriot Kumar Sangakkara and South African AB de Villiers in the ICC Test batsmen rankings.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath’s career best figures of 9-127 in a single innings has propelled him into the top three of the ICC Test bowlers rankings. He is behind South African Dale Styen and Australian Ryan Harris.

The ICC Test Team rankings now see South Africa and Australia retain their top two spots respectively. England and Sri Lanka jump to third and fourth, while India has slipped to fifth, level on points with sixth-placed Pakistan. At the bottom of the table lies Bangladesh.